Israel fears prolongation of Gaza war: Iran MP

Israel fears prolongation of Gaza war: Iran MP

Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:51AM GMT

A senior Iranian lawmaker has condemned the recent Israeli attacks against the Palestinians, saying the Tel Aviv regime fears Gaza war could drag on.

“The Zionist regime [of Israel] is afraid of the prolongation of war on Gaza. Therefore, it is looking for a mediator to end the war,” Kazem Jalali, the head of Iran’s Majlis Research Center, said on Monday.

The Iranian lawmaker described as “reprehensible” the Israeli regime’s crimes against Palestinians.

He expressed regret over the indifference of certain Islamic countries with the Tel Aviv regime and said the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, has shown no reaction yet in this respect.

The Iranian lawmaker further pointed to the meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) Member States’ Presidential Troika, which is set to begin in Tehran on Tuesday, and said the meeting is aimed at finding ways to put an end to Gaza crisis.

On July 14, Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani held phone calls with his Malian and Sudanese counterparts Issaka Sidibé and Fatih Ezzedine al-Mansur as the previous and future chairmen of the PUIC Conference and called for emergency meeting of the PUIC Troika over deadly Israeli air raids on Gaza.

Since July 8, the Israeli regime has struck more than 1,800 targets across Gaza, which is home to around 1.8 million Palestinians. The strikes have so far claimed the lives of more than 575 with over 1,700 others injured.

Meanwhile, Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh has said Gaza would become “a graveyard for Israeli soldiers,” who are committing crimes against Palestinians. Around 30 Israelis have so far been killed in the war.